Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween for me without watching Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Gary Oldman’s Dracula has some of the most romantic lines in vampire history.
“I have crossed oceans of time to find you.”
My goodness. (fans my face) That is the type of line we, Romance Writers, aspire to writing.
One of the many things I love about this depiction of a vampire is there is always a sense of danger. He is a predator. All vampires are. And I’m never quite certain what he will do. Will he bite Mina, hurt her, hurt the people she loves? Can he control his monster?
Kralj, the fanged hero of Dark Thoughts, has the same vibe to him. We’re never sure he’ll be able to control his monster around Dita, the heroine.
Here’s a snippet showing his conflict…
He saw no fear in her eyes, no reluctance to touch him. All he viewed was passion, wild and willing and achingly beautiful. Kralj dragged his fangs over her bottom lip, the urge to taste her blood almost unbearably acute.
Need drummed at him. His beast fought to be freed. The rumbling coming from his chest grew and grew, vibrating his body against hers.
As though she realized what he craved, Dita pushed against his fangs. Kralj stopped moving, knowing if he didn’t, the sharp tips would puncture her flesh.
She met his gaze. He read her intentions. His heart pounded and his beast howled. She impaled her bottom lip on his fangs.
Pain flashed in her eyes. Her muscles flexed against him. The d*mn female kept pushing until his fangs were fully in her.
One yank and he’d shred her fragile flesh. Kralj remained still, fighting the compulsion to suck, to drink from her. Her fingers clenched and unclenched his shoulders. She slowly withdrew her lip. Blood flooded his mouth, the sweetest, most delectable liquid he’d ever tasted.
He took one sip of it and he was lost.
The wind whipped around them. Stone rocked, the wall threatening to crumble beneath their booted feet. Beings would die due to his lack of restraint and he no longer cared.
All he knew was her.
Who is your all-time favorite vampire?
Can love redeem a monster?
The Refuge is home to some of the most violent beings in the universe. Kralj, its leader, reigns over the remote outpost with terrifying ease, ruthlessly squashing any rumors of rebellion, killing anyone who breaks his rules. Primitive, deadly, powerful, he’s a monster, scarred both on his face and his soul. He has never met a being he couldn’t control.
Until he meets her.
Dita has one mission—to kill the three targets claiming sanctuary within the Refuge. Or so she claims. For the first time in his long lifespan, Kralj isn’t certain of another being’s intentions. The tiny assassin is immune to his powers, her thoughts unreadable. He can’t predict her movements, can’t control her, can’t stop wanting her.
Dita is rare, as unique as he is, and, to keep the residents of the Refuge safe, Kralj will have to kill her. But first, he’ll touch her, taste her, show her how passionate the beast inside him can be.
Dark Thoughts is a STAND-ALONE SciFi Romance.
The hero might be tall, dark, and scarred but don’t be fooled by his appearance.
He’s truly a monster.
This story is not for readers with delicate sensibilities.
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About Cynthia Sax
USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Sax writes steamy Cyborg, Alien and Contemporary Romances. Her stories have been featured in Star Magazine, Real Time With Bill Maher, and numerous best of top ten lists.
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